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16 | SUMMER 2014 new in treating certain forms of skin cancer. Is it diffi cult to include both research and clinical work into your practice? Yes, it's a challenge. There's certainly a lot of after-hours and weekends that go into being a productive researcher. There is money out there in the form of grants but they are very difficult to get. If a researcher is fortunate enough to get a grant, that can pay for more research time. Is it common for physicians doing research to also have a practice? It is at Mayo Clinic. The philosophy here is that the patient comes first. Even the top researchers are still involved in patient care at least in some form. There are, however, some physicians here that do strictly research. I think it's fortunate that at Mayo Clinic, we can have a balance of seeing patients and doing research as well. Did you always want to do research? I always knew I wanted to be a surgeon. I wanted to work on cutting out cancer, and the rest just fit as my career developed. I've always been a curious person. The challenge for people entering medicine is that it's hard to know what it's going to be like until they are in that phase of their career. For me, the fit of a research physician was what my personality was looking for. What's the most challenging part of the fi eld? I hear people say if you find a job you like, then you're one of the luckiest people alive. I truly get up every morning and feel lucky for the type of job I have. It's an amazing opportunity for NAME: Jerry Brewer, M.D. WORK: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota MEDICAL SCHOOL: Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit RESIDENCY: Mayo School of Graduate Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine of California FELLOWSHIP: Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Jerry Brewer, M.D., is a dermatologic surgeon who studies skin cancer in the setting of lymphoma, with a special focus on studying melanoma in those with suppressed immune systems. One of his current projects is investigating the rise in melanoma development and its possible associations with tanning bed use. What do you like best about being a research physician? There are so many questions that need to be answered. Being a research physician certainly takes more time and effort out of my day, but it's satisfying to answer questions that actually make an impact. I think that's what it boils down to…trying to make people's lives better . How does research help you in your practice? Being a research physician develops a certain expertise. For example, I believe I have developed into one of the many experts in melanoma and other areas of oncology. By doing the research, I have been able to keep up to date on what's Adding research to your responsibilities Using medicine to answer questions is the goal of physicians who have added research to their professional lives. Continued on page 18 Career Move A look at a unique practice opportunity 2 4 3 - S u m 1 4 . i n d d 1 6 243-Sum14.indd 16 6 / 1 2 / 1 4 1 : 2 9 P M 6/12/14 1:29 PM

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